This holiday season creates unique challenges for the performing arts, due to the ongoing public health emergency. In response, the Norris Cultural Arts Center brings the holidays home to you with a unique 13-day, online holiday festival, presented free as our holiday gift to the community.
It’s called “Norris Presents A Baker’s Dozen Holiday Festival,” not only because we recorded the performances at the historic Baker Community Center, but because a “baker’s dozen” traditionally has meant 13 of anything – something extra beyond a simple dozen.
From December 12 and daily through December 23, the festival presents new, brief videos on our website and on YouTube, featuring holiday-themed performances by local performers or ensembles.
On Christmas Eve, December 24, the festival culminates in a combined reprise of all 12 episodes in a special, multi-genre holiday program. It’s our festival finale, and we hope you enjoy it. The entire festival – including the grand finale – is offered to you as a holiday season gift from the Norris Cultural Arts Center and our extensive and impressive cast of performers, all of whom donated their time and talent to make this festival a success. All festival videos will remain online through the end of the Christmas season.
Mayor Raymond Rogina
Shout Section Big Band
The Ragged Rascals
Tessera Winds (not pictured)
Sherri Duskey Rinker
Fox Valley Concert Band Brass Quintet (not pictured)
Dennis O’Brien Trio
Dori Erwin Collins
Beth Fowler School of Dance
Daniil Krimer, Kane Repertory Theatre
Mike and Julie Popplewell, and Scott Stevenson
We thank our sponsors and donors for supporting this special project, including Mike Corbett Edward Jones as our main festival sponsor, our media partners at the Kane County Chronicle and Daily Herald, and generous donors Bob and Pat Van Dusen, along with our board and staff and so many others who have shared their time, talent and financial support in this and other Norris events and programs. We also thank the St. Charles Park District for its cooperation in facilitating our use of the Baker Community Center.
Mike Corbett Edward Jones, 202 East Main Street, St. Charles